OCTOBER 9 - 12, 2017

SOLAR 2017 is the American Solar Energy Society’s 46th annual National Solar Conference. It will be held at the University of Colorado, Denver, October 9-12, 2017. It will include technical sessions, forum discussions, plenary panels, workshops, fast-paced switch~ presentations, public solar displays, and networking events. 

SOLAR 2017 is an integral part of the two-week U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, being held in Denver Colorado. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered homes that push the limits of innovation in a series of 10 contests.

The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market appeal, and energy and water efficiency.

In addition to SOLAR 2017, ASES is working with the Solar Decathlon organizing team to maximize interest in solar energy through sustainability and educational workshops and festivals.  The Solar Decathlon and related events will be happening October 5-15.  


“Building Toward a 100% Renewable Energy Community” 
This 2017 theme underscores our close connection with the Solar Decathlon which is all about buildings, our ASES mission of enabling a 100% RE society, and the importance of ASES as a community building as well as knowledge sharing organization.



Learn about Volunteer Opportunities for SOLAR 2017 & the Solar Decathlon here.


SOLAR 2017 sponsorships are available.  Contact Spring Hericks ( for opportunities.

Registration, hotels, and logistics

Registration, hotels, and logistics information will be posted in late May, 2017. Please check back then for more details. Thank you.


SOLAR 2017 Educational Workshops  

Half-day interactive workshops on Sustainable Living and Renewable Energy for K-12, college, or the general public to be held, before and/or after the SOLAR 2017 conference, at the Solar Decathlon Village or the SOLAR 2017 venue (University of Colorado, Denver). Some workshops are eligible for NABCEP credit.

SOLAR 2017 Forums and Individual Oral & Poster Presentations – Topical Areas

Progress to 100% Renewable Energy

  • What is working at the local, regional and/or national level and why
  • PACE and other financing
  • Renewables working together
  • Community solar
  • Critical role of renewable energy in climate, air quality, water, food, and all other aspects of sustainable living

Technology Innovations

  • Resource assessment
  • Solar & wind energy technologies
  • Solar cooking
  • Energy Storage, Vehicle to Grid, Vehicle to Building
  • Transportation, Electric Vehicles
  • Grid integration, smart grids, microgrids, grid management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Integrated building controls
  • Tiny houses

Education & Community Building

  • Programs to raise public awareness and action
  • Teaching renewable energy in the classroom
  • Renewables in sports
  • Strategies to advance contributions of emerging professionals
  • Tools for advocates


The 41st National Passive Solar Conference will also be part of SOLAR 2017, and will include the following topics:

  • Passive solar heating and cooling strategies to achieve 100% renewable energy in buildings
  • Design tools, simulation, performance measurement and controls
  • Building science implications in sustainable and carbon neutral design
  • Building integrated renewable energy strategies
  • Innovation, efficiency, renewables and market demand
  • Case studies

Presenters will have the option to submit a paper for the conference proceedings.


SOLAR 2017 Public Event Solar Displays

Interactive and innovative displays to attract the public in the vicinity of the conference venue, with display organizers available to engage the public about the displays, ASES, SOLAR 2017, and the Solar Decathlon. Interested? Contact


Countdown to SOLAR 2017